October 31 ECUSTA TRAIL/HENDERSON COUNTY
5-7 miles, 50’ ascent, est., R4, $3.00 suggested car fee
A shuttle hike, we’ll leave cars at the crossing of the French Broad River and start at the eastern terminus at South Main Street (and the old RR tracks).
November 7 TRAMBATORE TRAIL VARIATION*
5.3 miles, 1,050’ climb, R7, car fee: $5.00
Hickory Nut Gap/Strawberry Ridge exploration?
From Bear Wallow Road we hike in and out on Trambatore Trails.
November 14 DANIEL RIDGE VARIATION
6.5 miles, 850’ ascent, R6, car fee: $2.00
From the parking for Daniel Ridge we go up the Daniel Ridge loop to Forest Service Rd. 5045, take a right, go to a small waterfall (much road erosion) return, to past Daniel Ridge trail and follow it around to complete loop. There are two more waterfalls, both could be used as a lunch stop..
November 21 BENT CREEK FOREST RAMBLE, TWO
7.8 miles, 1,500’ ascent,, R7, car fee: $5.00
A loop trail from Rice Pinnacle parking we take Rice Pinnacle Rd. (491) straight onto North Boundary Rd. (485), left onto Ingles Field Gap trail, right onto Ingles Field Connector, left onto Boyd Branch Rd., right onto Ledford Branch Rd. (479E) to Ledford parking. There we take a left onto Deer Lake Lodge trail finishing at Rice Pinnacle parking.
November 28 COVE CREEK/CANEY BOTTOM
5.2 miles, 700’ ascent, R4, $2.00 car fee
From parking (road from fish hatchery) we hike in on a gravel road and do the loop.
December 5 BRACKEN MOUNTAIN TO FISH HATCHERY
8.4 miles, 1,600’ climb,1,400’ descent, R7, $2.00
Shuttle hike, we start at the Bracken Mountain parking , hike up to a connector trail to the Art Loeb trail for lunch, go from there down either left or right on Cat Gap Loop to finish.
December 12 ESTATOE/SYCAMORE COVE FROM LOWE’S
6.1 miles, 640’ ascent, R6, no car fee
From Lowe’s parking we hike out the Estatoe Trail, cross footbridge and hike right to the Sycamore Cove trailhead, hike the trail and return.
December 19 MOUNTAINS TO SEA TRAIL, LIBERTY BIKES – FOLK ART CENTER
7.9 miles, 8.2 if divert to Visitor’s Center, 700’ climb, 650’ descent, R7, $5.00 car fee
A shuttle with the idea of Christmas shopping at the Folk Art Center. We hike a short “user trail” from Diamond Brand store, turn left (northward) onto the Mountains-to-Sea Trail and hike to the Folk Art Center.
December 26 GREEN RIVER GAME LANDS – NORTH SIDE, 2
6 miles, 1,100’ ascent, R7, suggested car fee: $5.00
A loop hike off Big Hungry Road. Hike down Pulliam Creek Trail to left at Green River Cove trail , out and back, then right up Bear Branch trail, the sharp left onto Bishop Branch trail to Big Hungry Rd., left back to cars.
January 2, 2023 CLAWHAMMER TO PRESSLEY COVE
6.9 miles, 1,200’ ascent, R7, car fee: $1.00
Parking at the horse stables we continue on Avery Creek Rd., take a right onto Clawhammer Cove down to stream, cross stream and follow Clawhammer Cove trail up to Forest Rd. 5058. From there we go right, right again onto Forest Rd. 5098 which becomes FR 5099. We continue on to a right onto Pressley Cove trail, follow that down to Avery Creek (right) back to cars.
January 9, 2023 BREVARD TRAIL
10 miles, 400’ ascent, R4, no car fee
All solid (paved or boardwalk) out and back from Lowe’s, lunch at Blue Ridge Bakery
January 16, 2023 LOOKING GLASS
6.5 miles, up and back, 1,800’ ascent, R7, $1.00 car fee
Hike to the end, return wit7h lunch on a southern overlook near the helipad symbol.